Our view of the Referendum

The Great Grimsby Labour Party is overwhelmingly in favour of the IN campaign. Whilst the European Union is not perfect it has brought us peace and prosperity in modern times. The gamble of coming out of the European Union is a bet too far; if the economy crashes it will be the ordinary working people who pay the price.

How will Brexit affect us, here in Grimsby? As an east-facing port we will suffer if there is any downturn due to tariffs or the economy crashing, losing valuable port and logistic jobs. As a centre for the emerging renewable energy, the effects on us could be catastrophic.  Massive investment by European countries is on the horizon, which will create thousands of jobs locally leading to prosperity which Grimsby would benefit from. As it is, some of these investors have put their plans on hold and it's unlikely they will want to revive them if we reject European arrangements which currently work well.

Many ordinary folks have benefited from laws that the European Union has brought to the table, such as workers’ rights and environmental measures for the future. How will we tackle climate change if not working together with other nations? How will we tackle any future refugee crisis? How will we maintain peace unless we work closely with other nations? Big issues require international cooperation and how better to do that than being, as we are now, a big hitter in the European Union?

Globally how can we compete with massive economies like the USA, China, India and Japan? We need friends, friends with a common interest and that's what we have in the European Union.

Women have benefited by the UK being in the European Union, since we are bound by common rules which afford protection in the workplace. The EU monitors gender discrimination and fights against income inequality, rules for maternity leave and work protection during pregnancy. Other rules prevent harassment and unequal treatment at work. Hence women benefit from EU protections every day.

Here in Grimsby Brexit is a risk too far! The great Grimsby Labour Party wants ordinary folk to vote IN for prosperity, IN for security and IN for protection.

Karl Wilson

Chair,

Great Grimsby Labour Party

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